The Arrival

Adapted from the award winning graphic novel by Shaun Tan, The Arrival is a universal migrant tale set in a fantastical time and place.

A man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a strange, wondrous new world where giant ships fly through the air and curious creatures abound. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels the man meets fellow migrants each with their own tale to tell.

Like Tan’s book this production is a tribute to migrants, refugees and displaced people worldwide. It is ultimately a story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope.

Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival 2009. Winner of 6 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Best Production, Most Original Production, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design and Best Newcomer.

In 2018 The Arrival was reworked to perform at Out of the Box Festival for Children in Brisbane.

"The Arrival is world class; one of the best examples of its kind you’ll ever see." - Janet McAllister, NZ Herald


Original devising cast
Jarod Rawiri
Alison Bruce
Ella Becroft
Tama Jarman
Jared Turner
Justin Haiu
Tahi Mapp - Borren
Kate Parker
Chris Graham
Sally Stockwell

Shaun Tan

Concept and Imagery Design
Kate Parker

Julie Nolan

Set Design
John Verryt

Composition and Sound Design
Andrew McMillan

Lighting Design
Jeremy Fern

Costume Design
Elizabeth Whiting

Imagery Construction
Kate Parker
Simon Coleman
Jessika Verryt

Touring Cast
Veronica Brady
Shadon Meredith
Alice Canton
France Herve
Lisa Greenfield
Alex Tarrant Keepa
Cathy Livermore
Dahnu Graham
Jade Daniels

Performance History

Auckland Arts Festival
The Civic
March 2009

Sydney International Arts Festival
January 2010

Hong Kong Arts Festival
City Hall Theatre
February 2010

Wellington - New Zealand International Arts Festival
The Opera House
March 2010

Seoul, Korea
LG Arts Centre
May 2012

Korea - Busan International Peforming Arts Festival
Busan Cultural Centre
May 2012

Auckland - The Edge Winter Showtime Programme
Aotea Centre
July 2012

Macao Cultural Centre
March 2013

Taiwan - Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival
Da Dong Arts Centre
March 2013

Brisbane Out of the Box Festival
June 2018

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